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minds of engineering, science and computing in the world. The project has already demanded significant innovation and the development of cutting-edge technology, including the design of the world’s fastest supercomputers to process data at rates far greater than the current global internet traffic. Head of Communication and Stakeholder Relations for the SKA

project in South Africa is Lorenzo Raynard. He tells Enterprise Africa that international efforts are as advanced as human capability will allow. “The fact that we are drawing on an international community and drawing on the collective insight and mastery of engineering, science and systems engineering to build this means that we cannot do any better. We have German designs, Chinese construction, South

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African site, experience from across the globe, strong political will to make it happen, and there is very little that could stop the project from being realised.” Milestones that have already been achieved include the inauguration of the KAT-7 array, a set of just seven 12m diameter dishes, in 2012. The 64 antenna MeetKAT telescope was inaugurated earlier this year and is now the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. PROUD AFRICAN PARTNERS In October, the nine African partner countries involved in the SKA project met at a summit in Cape Town to discuss progress. Ministers and senior officials from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia came together, in a follow up to last year’s